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an update on my bench.

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at the moment i have my usual mixture of stock!

3 test etches for the 3 types of maunsell TPO's being made up. for the first time i am going to try and represent the panelling on the sides. to my knowlage this has never been done.

5 Ratio GWR 4 wheelers nearly done. i have to do the interiors and send it off to have the transfers done (i dont do transfers!)

4 LMS arc roof bogie coaches they are just in their black undercoat which dosent show up very clearly.

And an LNER quad art

I hope the person who called me a "Trainset player" on the other thread is taking notes!

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Absolutely superb as usual Peter. I look forward to seeing further progress photos.


A lovely piece of work Peter and one that any modeller would be justifiably proud of.
Hi Peter.

Where you find the patience from to turn what is clearly an absolute dog of a kit into a beautiful working model just beats me. Superb work.

Just out of interest, have you ever tried building an N Gauge loco ??
Great work as usual Peter. How you turn a 'bag of spanners' into a work of art is just fascinating.

I've just ordered a load of Phoenix paints & thinners so would be grateful for any tips you might have - apart from folllowing the Phoenix instructions that is.
Thanks very much for the tips Peter. I've printed them out to go in my 'bible' along with Richard Johnson's Track Weathering techniques and Neil Wood's Basisc Scenery article.

Not sure when I will get my Phoenix paints (about £500 worth ordered) as they seem to think there is some problem with sending thinners overseas - (hazardous cargo and all that). Can you recommend a good battery powered paint stirrer by the way ??

Meanwhile I am using Humbrol paints to do some small vehicle models (white metal) and some plastic people. I've cleaned up the white metal parts and washed them in Fairy Liquid + water and am planning to spray them all with matt grey primer before final enamelling and assembly.

How's married life going by the way ?? We're off to China again at the end of September - (Chinese mid Autumn Festival is on 3rd October) - and I hope to make a start on my base boards while we're there.

I really enjoy seeing your posts, though the prospects of me ever being able to model to your standards is highly unlikely.
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Thanks Peter. I'll see if I can find one on t'internet.

Married life is excellent; coming up for our 2nd anniversary soon. God, doesn't time fly.

Know what you mean about chinese celebrations. Mid-Autums is another excuse for excess with lots rice wine, really loud fireworks and miniature hot air balloons that have a habit of catching fire and landing like incendiary shells on some poor sods roof.

Thanks also for the info on Fairy. When you say 'white spirit' do you means turps and will tupentine substitute be OK ?? Meths and surgical alcohol are not freely available here due to their alcohol content !!!

Don't worry, I have no intention of throwing away my collection of over 100 Humbrol paints. I bought them specifically for brush painting smaller (N Scale) line-side models, vehicles and people.

Keep up the good work and thanks again for a fascinating thread.
How about using someting like 'Silver Dip'. It certainly brings the cutlery up a treat and I would guess it's some sort of caustic solution.
Hmmm. The only de-greaser I've seen here was an aerosol spray for cleaning engines which I saw in a car accessory shop.

Guess it's going to be the bathroom cleaner as suggested by Richard.
Lovely work Peter. I really admire your patience and determination.

I take it your wife has now arrived from China and trust that domestic bliss will not impinge too much into your modelling activities.

QUOTE (pedromorgan @ 9 May 2009, 12:21) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>i am still keeping an eye out for some traction tires. Dave said he had some but we never got around to getting them from him to me.

I did see some on e-Bay yesterday when I was trawling through but didn't make a note of the item No. I'm afraid. I'm sure a search will find them though.
Hi Peter. That Gem kit certainly looks to be coming together well.

I'm very interested in your comments on the Gem kits as I have just bought their kit for an N Gauge GWR 28xx 2-8-0 which fits onto a GF 8F chassis. This will be my first attempt at building a loco but it is something I plan to do as a side project to give me a break away from the actual layout construction (see the 'attention span' thread) so it could take some time to complete. Any tips you can give will be much appreciated.

Keep up the good work.
QUOTE (pedromorgan @ 14 Jun 2009, 03:29) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Dont try and build the bodyshell in 4 hours. Only a complete fool would attempt such a feat!

I was thinking more in terms of 6 to 8 WEEKS but I won't be even starting it until I move to China later in the year.

Thanks for the tips by the way.
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QUOTE (pedromorgan @ 29 Jul 2009, 16:59) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>You have no idea!!!!!

Hi Peter,

Being a fellow member of the Anglo Chinese Relations Club I can guess !!!!.

Congrats on the arrival of your wife but don't let it distract you too much from the fabulous work you are producing.
QUOTE (pedromorgan @ 25 Oct 2009, 20:31) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I have been to china far more times than i have been to france!!

Ahh but there was a special attraction*, distraction*, incentive* to go to China for. (* Delete as appropriate)

Superb work as usual Peter. You've managed to turn the proverbial pigs ear into a silk purse.
Those all look fascinating projects Peter and from what I've seen before I'm sure you'll do them full justice.

Keep us posted on progress.
Hi Peter,

I agree with Neil. That Strathspey is really coming alive now.

I also like the look of that Collet carriage. It looks a darned sight better than the Dapol efforts I have.
Some superb work there as usual Peter. Did you get my message re. the article I found on the "Improved" Precedent ?
She's a beauty Peter and one that any modeller would be justifiably proud of.
Hi Peter.

I like the look of that LNWR well wagon and the G6 is also looking good.

One thing though, why is a resistance iron necessary for the well wagon kit ? It's such a specialist piece of equipment that it would put this kit beyond the capabilities of most modellers purely on the basis of them not having a resistance iron.

Like the new screw-driver and know what you mean about the cheap sets from DIY stores. I recently had one that literally fell apart when I used it. Where did you get the Swiss one from ??
I'll leave you and Richard to it in the battle of the soldering irons but look forward, with interest, to seeing the outcome.

Had a look at the completed kit pictures and it really is a beauty.

I have a couple of well wagon kits I bought from the N Gauge Society but they are mainly lazer cut wood so shouldn't present anything like the same problems.
I'll second that Peter.

That kit looks very complicated though. So many etched parts and what looks like a pair of gold ear-rings to boot !!
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